Thursday, September 15, 2016
Solution to pay panel issue soon, assures Raksha Mantri Parrikar :: By Nitin A Gokhale
I have still got hope the issues will be resolved soon this time.
Nitin Gokhlae, is close to the RM, he Spoke to the RM last evening .I am giving the link to the interview , it is quite reassuring...
I guess we will have to wait N see.
a Sunder Rajan (Vet)
The current impasse over the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award for the three armed forces will be resolved soon, Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar has asserted.
Speaking to BharatShakti.in, Mr. Parrikar in his first public comments over the
deadlock said: “I am aware of the anomalies and shortcomings in the award for the
military. The Service Chiefs have also briefed me again. I have assured them that I
am confident of resolving issues very soon,” he said in a brief chat this evening.
Mr Parrikar said the three Service Chiefs raising the issue with him is not being
viewed as defiance. “I only told them that we care for the forces and all concerns
raised by them will be addressed by taking them up with the Prime Minister and the
Finance Minister,” he added. The only way to find a solution to these issues is
discussion, Mr Parrikar said. “The Service Chiefs know that I am using all the
strength at my command to find a way out. You must understand that I got the gazette
notification announcing the 7th Pay Commission amended to make sure the military
retains its edge over the Central Armed Police Forces. Such a step has never been
taken ( to amend a gazette notification),” he pointed out.
Although he refused to put a timeline for the resolution of the problems, the very
fact that the Raksha Mantri met the Prime Minister last night and is understood to
have apprised him of the all the points demonstrates the seriousness with which the
government is treating the issue. Unlike earlier times, the issues will be resolved
without delay, Mr Parrikar said.
Asked why were these issues not resolved before the notification was issued, Mr.
Parrikar pointed out that a cabinet notification cannot be corrected before it is
notified. “The anomalies committees are meant to correct the shortcomings, ” he
He asserted that at least three of the four major anomalies over which the service
HQs are perturbed will be taken care of very soon. They are:
1. The entry level pay
suppression in the middle ranks;
2. Non-functional Upgrade (NFU) and
of Military Service Pay (MSP) for JCOs.
Experts on Pay Commission issue say one way of overcoming the problem posed by no
NFU to military personnel ( an anomaly from the earlier Pay panel) is to grant a one
time notional NFU for pay scale fixation in the armed forces so as to maintain the
equilibrium with other services.
Mr Parrikar pointed out that most of the other anomalies are also carried over from
the earlier Pay Commissions and will have to be taken up in the two committees
formed to resolve them.
The Raksha Mantri said he has asked the Service HQs to start implementing the
benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to the troops as soon as possible. “The financial
outgo of the corrections that will be made, is not likely to be more than Rs 600
crores and can be given out later, he said.
(SOURCE- BHARAT SHAKTI NEWS/via e-mail from A Sunder Rajan Vet)